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A Higher Bid: How to Transform Special Event Fundraising with Strategic Auctions by Kathy Kingston

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Chapter 1The Shift: Event Transaction to Philanthropic Transformation

THE BALLROOM PLUNGED INTO DARKNESS. You could hear a pin drop. The silence stilled the guests. Suddenly, a spotlight on stage framed a young man's face.

“I live in a very fast world. That's because I'm a professional race car driver and my car reaches 150 miles an hour with a singular goal—crossing the finish line first. But the first time I saw my brother Jack in the intensive care unit, my life slowed to almost a stop. He was so small—born with Down syndrome—and faced so many challenges, but I saw a light in him. I knew that he would be a great little brother.

“I was right about Jack, because that tiny baby is now the happiest kid I've ever met. There is something about ...

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